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Laser-assisted oral surgery in general practice
Author(s): Mark C. McCauley
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Paper Abstract

This presentation will demonstrate and discuss any surgical applications of the Argon dental laser. This presentation will also increase the awareness and basic understanding of the physical principals of the Argon laser. The wavelength of the Argon laser is specifically absorbed by red pigments such a hemoglobin which is abundant in oral soft tissue. The result is a sharp clean incision with minimal thermal damage to adjacent healthy tissue. Preprosthetic procedures such as full arch vestibuloplasty, labial and lingual frenectomy, and epulis fissuratum removal will be demonstrated. Other soft tissue management procedures such as minor periodontal pocket elimination surgery (gingivectomy), removal of hyperplastic granulation tissue from around poorly maintained implants, and the removal of granulation and/or cystic tissue from the apex of teeth undergoing endodontic (apicoec-tomy) surgery will also be demonstrated and discussed. Provided basic oral surgery protocol is followed, surgical procedures utilizing the Argon laser can be accomplished with minimal bleeding, minimal trauma and with minimal post-operative discomfort.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 1995
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1984, Advanced Laser Dentistry, (17 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207015
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Mark C. McCauley


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1984:
Advanced Laser Dentistry
Gregory B. Altshuler; Richard J. Blankenau; Harvey A. Wigdor, Editor(s)

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